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2 firefighters join Glendale hazmat team

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Kyle McQuaid, left, and Michael O'Neill graduated from the Hazardous Material School on Thursday. (Source: Glendale Fire Department) Kyle McQuaid, left, and Michael O'Neill graduated from the Hazardous Material School on Thursday. (Source: Glendale Fire Department)
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Two Glendale firefighters have earned their way to the fire department's hazardous material team.

Firefighters/paramedics Kyle McQuaid and Michael O'Neill graduated from the hazardous material school on Thursday and were added to the department's hazmat team.

They completed 200 hours of intensive classroom and field training, learned chemistry, decontamination, how to dress in protective clothing, management of a hazardous materials scene, the use of high-tech meters and the different classifications of chemicals.

The certifications were made possible by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiatives.

The Glendale hazardous materials team is stationed at 9658 N. 59 Ave.

Glendale now has 54 firefighters who are hazardous materials technicians.

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